BALTIMORE — Vince Young was a spectator again Sunday for the Tennessee Titans, but at least he was in uniform and available to play if needed against the Baltimore Ravens.
Young had been out since the Titans’ season opener when he suffered a knee injury against Jacksonville, and now will back up starter Kerry Collins, who has the team off to a 5-0 start.
In the locker room after the game, Young pledged support for Collins and his teammates even as he is forced to watch the proceedings.
“I ain’t got no choice,” Young said. “My man five [Collins] is doing his thing. The rhythm and everything is good. All I’m here to do is support him and be ready when it’s time.”
Asked if he is 100 percent healed, Young said, “I’m getting there. I don’t know about 100 percent, but I’d be out there playing.”
He indicated that the focus should be on the team’s perfect start, not his situation.
“It’s not about me. It’s not about me, period. It’s all about everybody else in this room,” Young said.
He was then asked if his attitude from the demotion was OK, and said, “C’mon now, you know that. They say I’m not.”
Young was then asked who said that and replied, “Everybody. You know that. C’mon now. I’m the underdog, but it’s not about V, it’s about the Tennessee Titans. We’re 5-0 going into our bye week.”
Young said he is still a part of the proceedings, even if he hasn’t played since the opener.
“I am a part of that. What do you mean? Everybody knows what’s going on. I’m rehabbing and trying to get my body right,” Young said. “But right now it’s not about me, man. It’s about being supportive my teammates. I keep telling everybody over and over, it’s not about me. It’s about the team.”
INJURIES: The Titans were forced to play without defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, who limped off the field with a groin injury in the first half and did not return. Tony Brown left the game with an undisclosed injury, leaving just five players on the defensive line.
“I just had some groin tightness. My groin was sore,” Vanden Bosch said. “That’s a good thing we’ve done is develop depth. It’s one of the benefits of rolling guys early in the season and getting a good rotation. There wasn’t any letdown when the second group came in. We were healthy coming into this game and got a couple of people banged up.”
The Titans were forced to have end Dave Ball get some plays at tackle, especially when Albert Haynesworth was shaken up and out for a bit.
Also, end Jacob Ford finished the game, but was limping afterwards.
The bye week should help the numbers along the defensive line.
NOT ME: Several players protested the personal foul calls on them after the game.
Titans safety Chris Hope was flagged after engaging with Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton on a play, and pleaded his innocence.
“I think they got away with a lot of stuff after the whistle, but I don’t think it was a cheap shot,” Hope said. “The very first play of the game, they pretty much tackled Griff, the same two receivers. I seen them coming at me, and I engaged with one of them, and they called the foul on me. I don’t think that was a legit call.”
Albert Haynesworth decried the personal foul call on an extra point that was assessed on him as well.
“This guy is going to come in and hit me after the ball has already been kicked, and then they call a personal foul on me,” Haynesworth said. “I didn’t kick the guy or anything like that. If they wanted me to [get him], they would have really noticed it, but I didn’t do anything like that.”
Not to be outdone, the Ravens Terrell Suggs protested the roughing the passer call against Collins that ignited Tennessee’s winning rally, and might be lighter in the wallet regarding his postgame comments.
“If anybody can go back and show me something I did illegal, then I would be happy to oblige and say, ‘I messed up and got what I deserved — a personal foul.’ But when you are nowhere near his head, we hit arms, we hit arms. It just goes to show you the referee has too much power in the game,” Suggs said.
INACTIVES: Titans inactives were receiver Justin Gage (out with a knee injury), receiver Paul Williams, newly signed punter Josh Miller, cornerback Reynaldo Hill (out with a hamstring), running back Chris Henry, offensive tackle Mike Otto, defensive end William Hayes and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson.
Ravens inactives included former Titans cornerback Samari Rolle, safety Dawon Landry, cornerback Derrick Martin, tackle Oniel Cousins, guard David Hale, receiver Marcus Smith and nose tackle Kelly Gragg
LONG WAIT: Tennessee wide receivers were held without a reception for nearly three quarters. No wideout had a catch until Brandon Jones caught a 14-yard pass with 2:56 to play in the third period.
Titans receivers finished with a flourish, however, as Jones had three catches for 54 yards and Chris Davis came off the bench for a 10-yard catch to convert a third down.
IT’S ON ME: Kerry Collins was asked what changed from when he threw two first-half interceptions to winning the game in the fourth quarter.
“At some point, you’ve got to stop being boneheaded,” Collins said.
It was Collins’ first time playing the Ravens defense since losing to them in Super Bowl XXXV.